What gear do I need to film a wedding? A simple enough question that requires a rather long, detailed, and complex set of answers. I will try my best to make it simple and get to the meat of the necessary gear in the following paragraphs. The essential thing you need is a video camera and a tripod. But, don’t forget about audio. You can’t expect to get good audio if you are recording a ceremony or toast from just the on camera microphone. And what if you need to suddenly move your camera to another spot? A tripod is meant to stay put, but during a wedding reception, events take place in different locations. And wedding receptions are dark too: you are going to need lights.
Where do you start? What camera should you get? What is the best way to capture audio? All these questions and issues will be addressed in the next few paragraphs, followed by a complete list of the gear (with links) I use to film weddings, live events, and even studio productions. So, let’s begin.
Last summer, we had the opportunity to shoot video for an exciting project by world-renown instrument maker, Buffet Crampon. They were working on a next-generation app, PlayWind, which has since been released and is now available for all smart devices (check it out here). The app provides clarinet and saxophone students with a wealth of resources to enhance their musicianship, including video tutorials, workshops and masterclasses by world-class musicians.
Congratulations to Bobby and Krysta on their beautiful wedding at St. John The Divine with reception at Epping Forest Yacht Club. It was a honor to be chosen to produce their wedding video. Thanks to Nancy from Soiree events for making the day go on without a hitch. It was great a pleasure to work with Bobby and Krysta, two special and kind people that new each other since childhood. And it was wonderful to work with such a talented set of vendors who made the day perfect. Thanks to: Brooke Images Photography, Soriee Events, The Party Band, and Epping Forest Yacht Club.
For Wedding and Event Filmmakers, physical media such as DVDs, Bluray discs, and Solid State drives are dying; and they are no longer the viable secure way to deliver the final product to the customer. Just like Photo Film gave way to Digital in 2005, so to must Video Discs; it’s long over due. Not to ruffle photographers feathers, I believe beautiful pictures are meant to be hung on walls and displayed as art because that is exactly what they are. But, motion pictures are a digital medium best appreciated on a large screen complimented by a good audio system. Digital delivery is replacing physical formats, and it should because it’s literally indestructible, can be viewed anywhere, can be easily shared or transported, and will never degrade over time. It’s time to start delivering your videos on a new platform called: Mediazilla